December 1, 2015 on 10:51 am | By | In Faith & Forgiveness, In God's Pocket | Comments Off on TUESDAY THOUGHT 12/1/15: THE STUBBORN HEART

If you have ever owned a goat (and from personal experience, I must recommend against it), you know that if you want the beast to go from point A to point B, it will go anywhere but point B, even if point B is where good food and a clean and dry stall await.  It is the nature of goats; they are determinedly stubborn creatures.


I know people who are similar.  God offers them a life of peace and joy, of happiness beyond comprehension … and they know it.  However, it would require doing things God’s way.  Their response:  No way.  If they were to put their attitude to music, it would sound like the Sammy Davis, Jr., song, “I Gotta Be Me” or Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”  So, they live their lives their way – stubbornly, defiantly, and ultimately miserably.  Plus, they usually make everyone around them miserable, too.


My point:  Don’t be a goat.   Don’t let a senseless and stubborn heart keep you from a life of joy and peace.  At the very least, just try doing it God’s way.  Today is December 1.  Give it this month.  Read the Word of God.  Pray.  Most of all, just stop trying to tell God what to do and try listening … if only just for one month.  And pay attention to what begins to take place in your heart.  I guarantee that you will see and feel a difference.  It’s a good life, the life God has chosen for you and for all of us.   – jri


What sorrow awaits those who argue

          with their Creator.

    Does a clay pot argue with its maker?

Does the clay dispute with the one who

          shapes it, saying,

     ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’

Does the pot exclaim,

     ‘How clumsy can you be?’”

                  ~ Isaiah 45:9


I was once like the goat – defiant for the sake of defiance, stubborn for the sake of stubbornness.  I would see the way, the path of true joy and peace, clearly ahead, and I would turn my head and trot down the other road.  Even when I got everything I set out to acquire or achieve, it never worked out.  The pleasure and satisfaction were short lived … always.  Then one day I said, “Okay, God, I’ll try it your way.”  I started out accepting God’s will, feeling at first like a man going to the gallows.  However, my heart slowly softened and opened.  I went from begrudgingly accepting God’s will to willingly embracing His will, to actively seeking His will.  These days?  Well, I want nothing more than to do God’s will.  I guess you could say I’m all in.  Oh, and not only is my life filled with peace and joy, but those around me are a lot less miserable, too.  Amen.


John Ingrisano


4279 Hunter Road Gainesville, GA 30506

December 1, 2015

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